Cold weather can affect your health but there are some things you can do to help stay well.
If you’re 65 or over, pregnant, caring for someone, between two and four years old, in year 1 or 2 at school or if you have a long-term health condition, you’re entitled to a free flu vaccination. You get this for free as you’re at greater risk of being seriously affected by the flu. Learn more about why you should have the flu vaccination and where you can get vaccinated against flu.
You should also look to ensure that you heat your home properly this winter.
- a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) is fine for most people wearing suitable clothing. But older people may need the temperature to be slightly higher
- if you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the room you spend most time in during the day and your bedroom just before bedtime. Close curtains and shut doors and windows to keep heat in the room you use the most
For full information about winter warmth, particularly for those with health conditions that may be affected by cold weather, such as respiratory or circulatory conditions, see the NHS Choices Keep Warm, Keep Well pages.
Information about local services that can help this winter are available on the Health and Social Care service directory.